Book Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
This was another novel that came in a book subscription. I absolutely loved the cover and sprayed edges.
I grew up adoring Aladdin. A lot of that had to do with Robin Williams's genie. But, I loved the story of the lamp. I've always intended to read Arabian Nights.
This novel begins where we meet Loulie, The Midnight Merchant. She's known for procuring illegal, magical items and selling them to the highest bidder. Loulie was orphaned as a young girl, when her wandering tribe was murdered and she was the only one left behind. She only survived because a djinn, who ends up sticking with her as a bodyguard.
Once gaining the sultan's attention, Loulie saves one of the prince's lives. The sultan then charges her with obtaining the famed lamp, and the djinn that lives within it.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it had fantastic Arab representation. I really felt like I could visualize the culture, from the food references, to the clothing, to the way of life.
As has been my complaint with several reads lately, I found the lack of romance a bit dull. There were hints of it in a couple of places, but it really wasn't romance at all. I'm hopeful that the next novel will bring that forward, because that truly was the only thing missing.